The Winchester

"Not all those who wander are lost" – Tolkien

DIY

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September 2011

Sometimes you just gotta try something new. Taken from information kindly provided by Eotech, all we knew of this drain was where it’s infall was. Rolling down a hill in the dark, we found the manhole easily and with a heave, the cobweb covered hole was uncovered. The barred infall was far too tight to squeeze down, but once inside it was spacious enough to walk without stooping.

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October 7th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Posted in Drains

Tagged with Tumbles

Boat Party

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Much to Otter‘s chagrin, ‘Verticality‘ has entered the vernacular of the current London ‘UE’ Set. Discussed at length on Placehacking, where Brad first coined the concept, it sits alongside ‘Edgework‘ and the much derided ‘Prohobo‘ as a term that wouldn’t neccesarily mean a lot to anybody else, but is in somewhat regular usage among this group of individuals. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 3rd, 2011 at 7:30 pm

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Tagged with Brad, Dan, Ercle, jemma, Lutex, Neb, Otter, Patch, Scott

The Soviet Presence

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“Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.” (Vladimir Putin, 2000.)

Gotha

Take your eyes off the pothole ridden minor roads of the former DDR and chances are you’ll be looking at something concrete that was built by the Soviets. My introduction to the remains of the Soviet Union came in 2008, with the Beelitz-Heilstätten sanatorium providing an ample opportunity for a day of roaming around the vast, derelict campus, taking photos of the peeling paint and lnely chairs. Although at the time I visited, I understood little of the involvement of the Soviet Union in this complex’s history, my interest has evolved and I’ve learned of the Sanatorium’s footnote as the ultimate destination for the DDR’s president Erich Honecker as his country collapsed into westernisation. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 22nd, 2011 at 12:40 am

Posted in Roadtrips

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Dan, Gary

How to Climb a Crane

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September 2011

Wandsworth Riverside Quarter had a couple of cranes set back slightly from the river. Not massive, but substantial enough to justify the moderate amount of effort needed to get to them.  Set up in the dug out basement a couple of levels beneath ground, we first had to get onto the site (easy), then into the basement (quite easy). Although this was an unusual hassle, it was made considerably easier by the apparent lack of any human presence on or around the site.

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September 15th, 2011 at 11:27 am

Posted in Infrastructure/construction

Tagged with Gary

Oslo Drains

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August 2011

Oslo wasn’t cold in August, but it sure as hell was expensive. Our bus tickets from Rygge Airport to Oslo cost almost as much as our flights, and groceries we’d normally pay £20 for cost us over £40. Tired from a night of running T-Bane, we decided that to sleep, we’d be best off in the park, so we climbed a rocky hill and bedded down on our airbeds having built a fire. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 18th, 2011 at 11:33 am

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Oslo T-Bane

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August 2011

John climbed from the graveyard onto the trackside, as the Number 2 sped past towards Østerås. Gary and I followed, and we ran down towards the brightly lit tunnel portal kicking ballast and stumbling across semi-sunk sleepers.

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August 15th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Posted in Trains

Tagged with Gary, Lutex

Brad:Pad: LCC’s London Squat.

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February – May 2011

When Brad left London in February 2011 he left behind a set of keys and a note. The keys were for his flat in Clapham and the note said to enjoy ourselves. We ended up with almost 4 months of this London base, and enjoy it we did. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 10th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

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Tagged with Brad, Ercle, Gary, jemma, Patch

Saltley Gas Towers

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August 2011

These were a change affair really, one of those things that just happens. We saw them on our approach to what we believed to be the Moonwalker culvert, but whatever we did in fucking up the identification of the buried river, this sure as hell was a big pair of monster gasometers looming out of the darkness of the night. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 7th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Posted in Infrastructure/construction

Tagged with Neb

IOD BBQ

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July 2011

“Are you from one of those groups?” the police officer asked me. “You know, Anarchy?”. Quite evidently, he didn’t have a clue what 8 of us were doing on a rooftop with a barbecue, but his perception of our intentions was grossly wide of the mark.

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July 27th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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Tagged with Dan, dicky, Ercle, Gary, jemma, Lutex, Patch

Rubix

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February 2011

It seems like ages now since we went to Rubix. Just a long brick pipe with a little junction at one end. It’s fed by the River Effra, long since buried under the streets of South London and turned into a sewer. Rubix itself is known as the South Western Storm Sewer, essentially there to collect the overflow from the sewer when it rains. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 24th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Posted in Drains

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Lutex, Neb

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